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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
925 Cherry St SE
phone: (616) 719-1604
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Reviews by cratez:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Came here on a Saturday afternoon with nicktbm and our significant others in October 2011. The sign outside invited us to "warm up with beer," so we took them up on the offer.
Inside sports a beautiful and spacious church-like interior with stained glass windows, high ceilings, communal tables, and about 10 seats at the bar. Crowd is locals who mind their own business. Our server was relaxed and welcoming - he helped us along with beer recos and suggested some dishes to pair with our drinks.
We ordered two flights of the Triomphe Belgian IPA, Farm Hand Ale, Big Red Coq, and Heavy Handed Double Chocolate Stout. The IPA and Red Ale were my favourites, and my oenophile girlfriend really liked the Farm Hand. Compared to other brewpubs, the beer selection is limited, since they do not carry any guest taps, bottles, or cellared offerings. But their house beers are bold, tasty, and unconventional, so they get high marks from me.
For food I had a delicious Oxtail Hash with sunny side eggs and English muffin toast. The lady enjoyed her Pork Belly BLT, even though she couldn’t finish the massive portion. Prices are reasonable as most pints are $4-5 and lunch entrees are in the $12-14 range. After our meal we popped into the retail store, where my friend bought a few cans of beer and a brewery t-shirt. The cashier was happy to chat with us while we looked around.
Overall, we were quite satisfied with our experience here and it made for a nice afternoon stop. Vivant is an impressive, quality brewpub with friendly staff, interesting beers, and an attractive, unique atmosphere. I highly recommend this place if you happen to be in Grand Rapids.
11-05-2011 19:39:25 |
More by cratez
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful building redone in a gorgeous architectural way. The beers we had were decent to great. We loved the atmosphere and really enjoyed the cheese plates paired to the beer. The nuts with beer were also great.
We entered and were seated at one of the bench style seats along all the other patrons. Unfortunately that wasn't overly comfortable and the guests next to us (inches away) weren't too social so we jumped at the chance to move to the bar. At the bar we had a great time. Other patrons next to us at the bar were social and we had some good conversations about the beers - if this matters to you...
Overall a great visit. Unfortunately after spending $150 at the bar and another $100 in merchandise (beer and swag) to go, we asked if they could call us a taxi cab and were told flat out no. Not the best way to end an expensive visit. Luckily the restaurant next door had a fantastic valet who hooked us up with wheels back to the hotel.
The beers we took home have been wonderful and we have the growlers to take back and refill.
05-12-2013 15:51:48 |
More by hotsudge
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Atmosphere: The brewpub is an old funeral home chapel which gives it a very unique ambiance. Inside, tables line the walls and then the center area is filled with the long "German-style" benches where you're sitting right next to other patrons.
Quality: I was blown away with the offerings in the brewpub. Extremely good, unique beers. The flights are any 6 beers, mini-snifter servings. They always have a wood-aged beer on draft. The wood-aged ancho rauchbier was fantastic and got even better as it warmed. I have not had a beer that I didn't care for in 3 totally different flights.
Service: Always stellar. I have never had any complaint about the service we have received and all the servers are very knowledgeable about the available beers. Couldn't ask for anything more.
Selection: Both times we have visited there have been very diverse offerings. Lots of brewpub only, or limited release, beers with the standards always being available too.
Food: Awesome. I get the burger with the carmelized onions which is great. I forget what my fiancee tends to get, but it's delicious. Some of the best food of any brewery we have visited.
Overall: A little pricier than the average GR brewpub, but if you haven't been, you HAVE to make the time to stop by. You will not be disappointed.
04-30-2013 01:32:38 |
More by HarmonMW
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Pretentious w. a capital P. Visited late on a Friday night. Passed on ordering food as the menu was just as pompous & ostentatious as our neighbors on the chair rail. The space is interesting: stained glass, definitely a "church" feel even if it was a funeral home; but given the crowd, it was very tight & uncomfortable. Sampled solitude, ménage a trois, tart side of the moon, and nitro stout. Interesting & solid beers - with the exception of nitro stout which may be one of the worst i've ever had. Definitely worth picking up - at a store.
04-06-2013 15:29:32 |
More by craft_shannie
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I went on a "brew tour" with a few friends and we had marked Vivant as a must visit. Unfortunately, after arriving we were all very dissapointed. We found the brewery to be a bit pretentious and really over-crowded. Being a stout and porter fan, I was very disappointed by the selection but I fully understand that they have carved out their niche and it doesn't include anything on the darker side. It's still a bit disappointing that they wouldn't have at least one to appease everyone, but I digress. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was decent. A brewery based in an old church is always going to be a bit ironic and fun, but ultimately this brewery is not for me.
03-28-2013 15:18:01 |
More by centurian62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I were in Grand Rapids on a beer-centric road trip, and Brewery Vivant was quick stop on our way out of town.
The brewpub is pretty unique for sure since it's built inside an old chapel... I think it's a cool vibe.
We got there at about 1pm on a Saturday. There was a decent crowd, we grabbed a few of the last empty seats at the bar. The bartender was quick to greet us and take our order. Since we didn't have a lot of time to stay, my wife and I opted to split a flight of beers. Went with Arctic Sunrise, Menage A Trois, Tart Side of The Moon, and Hubris. I really loved the Tart Side of The Moon, while my wife was a huge fan of the Arctic Sunrise.
We didn't order any food, but I saw a few other people eating and the food looked great.
Overall, I'd recommend stopping by to check out Brewery Vivant. On my next trip to Grand Rapids I'm definitely gonna stop in again and spend more time there so I can try more of their beers...as well as the food.
03-22-2013 23:33:30 |
More by meanmutt
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Although its not my favorite style of beer, Brewery Vivant are artist when it comes to Belgian Beers and they are changing my thoughts on Belgians. The brewery is located in a very small community outside of the city of Grand Rapids in a former church; It was great being served at the alter of craft beer. The staff there were very welcoming and I would highly suggest visiting this brewery.
03-12-2013 15:44:51 |
More by MichiganHammer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$$
This is a pretty neat place. A LEED certified brewery and pub from an early 1900s building that was previously a funeral home. The pub is actually in the old funeral chapel, and is surprisingly not creepy. The place has an old world feel, a boisterous main room and good selection of excellent (but pricey) food and a wide selection of tasty brews. Might be my new favorite spot in town.
02-17-2013 18:28:11 |
More by SquareGrouper
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
The atmosphere of the brewpub is amazing, Gothic and very pleasing to the eye.
Something that I particularly enjoyed was how kid friendly they were. Not only did they have a kids menu and crayons, but the kids menu wasn't just reprocessed chicken and fries. Juice, fresh fruit or house brewed root beer were options. Even to add to the kid friendly atmosphere the hosts were playing with the brewmasters daughter, who couldn't have been more than two.
The beverage selection was very accommodating as well. If you find yourself not being able to go to breweries with a significant other because they don't drink beer then this menu will solve it. They had 2 types of cider, wine and fresh root beer as options for the non-beer drinker.
I personally had there rotating wood aged selection and at the time it was Belgium dark strong ale aged 4 months in cognac barrels.
The food was chef created and delicious. I had the duck nachos and they were amazing!!!
01-18-2013 16:05:45 |
More by TheBeerDad
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere is great! Long wooden tables in the middle, some nice artwork. Still has a churchy vibe (I hear it's a converted mortuary)
Quality of the beer was alright. The food was pretty good. Lots of seasonal selections and unique Belgian dishes.
Service was great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the different foods on the menu as well as the beers. We ordered a cheese sampler and he also informed us about each of the options there.
Selection was perfect. The menu was diverse but not overwhelming. They had seasonal Belgian dishes as well as some pub favorites.
Food was great. I got the wild game stew. It was super flavorful without being salty. My parents grabbed a hamburger which was cooked perfectly and had all kinds of fresh fixin's (which is totally a word). My bro got a salad which looked super fresh but otherwise was definitely for the health conscious.
Value was solid with beers running about 5 bones and dishes from 10-20.
I liked Brewery Vivant more for the food than for the beer. It was great to go to a restaurant that had character rather than some cookie cutter bullshit that you see all over these days. The atmosphere was great and the food was great. Beer was average.... But definitely check this place out if you're in the GR area.
01-04-2013 23:21:53 |
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